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Pilanesberg National Park
Kids on Safari to Pilanesberg National Park

children on safari to pilanesberg national park

Pretoria 3h15 am - 3 December 2003: Alan 10, Jade 6 and Millie 4 can't wait to get to the park!

10 March 2018: Probably about 7% of my roughly 1500 trips/12 000 hours over the last 15 years at Pilanesberg have been with kids. Pilanesberg is far more kid friendly than Madikwe, and also malaria free. The main advantage is that you are totally flexible, and absolute winner when the kids get tired and difficult. The furthest part of the Park is maximum an hour away from any gate, so you can get out and move around freely as opposed to being stuck inside the Park. You can also drive around yourself as well as take drives. It is also more affordable, and more activities are on offer. There is the Predator Park just outside Pilanesberg, then Sun City, the pools at the Lodges and Resorts for summer, self guided walks in the 400ha Educational Area at Manyane where you can get close to impala, springbok, zebra, waterbuck, kudu, warthog and giraffe.

With the above trip we did a 3 day.
Day 1 we spend mostly game viewing as planned.
Day 2 we took a break after breakfast at 10 am  for 2 hours. 1 of us then stayed with 2 kids at the pool till 5pm while the other took the grown ups on a drive.
Day 3 we did a morning drive, checked out from Bakgatla and had breakfast at 10am, drove though the park to Sun City to arrive at 11h45. Went to the Valley of Waves where the kids had a ball till 4 pm, then back to game viewing till 7pm, arriving back in Pretoria at 9pm.

In the industry very few operators cater for safaris for children. We recommend 2 days minimum but will of course go for 1 day. Their attention span depends on their age so there will normally be 2 of us in case you need a break. They love the camps, swimming pools and of course Sun City. The no malaria factor is a great advantage as well is the short distance to Pretoria and Johannesburg. I would also recommend a visit to the cheetah research centre at De Wildt if over 6yo, Ukutula Lion Park or Lesedi Cultural Village - this can fill another day.

Jade and Millie on top of the world - Pilanesberg

Pilanesberg Dawn to Dusk Safaris from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Pilanesberg and Sun City

Working with new pics are just too time consuming, so I only do it when I have free time! May 2019
Picture Gallery up to 2019
Picture Gallery 2010
Picture Gallery 2009
Picture Gallery 2008
Picture Gallery 2007
Picture Gallery 2006
Picture Gallery 2005
Picture Gallery 2004

It's alphabetical - so save us both time.... and if not on here I will put it up!

Accommodation in the Park only: Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.

Accommodation in and around Sun City. Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.

Accommodation Specials at Pilanesberg

Accommodation at Sun City Vacation Club

Airport at Pilanesberg

Animal studies in Pilanesberg

Bakgatla Resort

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park -  R5 000pp - 1 hour, minimum 4 pax!

Binoculars needed

Bird list

Black Rhino Game Lodge

Buffalo in the Park

Camping - book direct at 014 555 1000, don't be surprised if you hold 15 minutes and then get cut off.

Cancellation Terms and Conditions

Commission offered to booking agents

Condition of the Veld

Dangers in Pilanesberg

Disclosures: About vehicles used for Pilanesberg and other

Directions - see map

Elephant Back safaris in Pilanesberg.

Entrance fee - see gate times

Etiquette in Game Parks like Pilanesberg for self drives

Friends of Pilanesberg Society - Volunteers helping to maintain the Park.

Gate Times for Pilanesberg National Park

Geology of Pilanesberg National Park

Highlights seen in Pilanesberg the last 2 years:
Don't expect something like this or the animals to stand next to the road waiting.  It's not a Zoo!

History of Pilanesberg National Park

Idiot Gallery - Stunts pulled in Pilanesberg National Park by the mentally challenged.  Other tour operators are welcome to contribute - I will give you recognition except if you don't want it!

Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Kids on Safari. In Pilanesberg or other parks

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

Manyane Resort

Map and directions to Pilanesberg

Other Parks near Pilanesberg

Other Tour Operators doing Pilanesberg

Packages to Lodges

Picture Gallery -  taken by us over the last 8 years in Pilanesberg.

Pilanesberg National Park vs Kruger National Park.

Reading - other re Pilanesberg.

Safety in Pilanesberg

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

Testimonials from clients we have taken to Pilanesberg

Things to do in and around Pilanesberg

Transfers only to Pilanesberg and Sun City - one way: charged per vehicle:

Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Veld Condition in the Park

Weather and Climate for Pilanesberg area

What can you hope to see in Pilanesberg?

When to go to Pilanesberg: best time etc

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